Earthquake strikes near New Zealand capital, no immediate damage reported

Earthquake strikes near New Zealand capital, no immediate damage reported
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A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The earthquake was 37 kms deep and the epicentre was 30 km northwest of Levin, a city in New Zealand’s North Island close to Wellington, according to Geonet. 

It was followed by a 3.5-magnitude quake, then one of 3.6, then 3.7. 

Geonet first classified the earthquake as magnitude 5.9. 

Emergency services in Wellington City said there were no immediate reports of damage. All trains in Wellington were suspended while engineers assessed the impact, the city’s Metlink service said on Twitter. 

A Reuters witness felt strong shaking in Wellington. Emergency officials said there were no immediate reports of damage. 

Several residents reported strong shaking. 

“Not what we need right now...,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in a Tweet.

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